Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Yorkshire born-and-bred, our team is comprised of highly qualified expert optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical assistants.  Here’s a quick introduction to the people behind the practice: 

Carol Foulds, FBDO (Director / Dispensing Optician)

Robert Foulds, BSc(Hons) MCOptom (Director / Optometrist)

Robert and Carol are the husband and wife duo at the centre of the practice. Having met at school in sixth form, Robert went on to study Optometry at Bradford University, whilst Carol graduated in Audiology before training and qualifying as a dispensing optician.

Robert joined the Donovan Smith practice in 1985 as an optometrist, and later became a partner in the business. Since Donovan retired in 1999, Robert and Carol have run and nurtured the practice, which has grown to employ four optometrists, three dispensing opticians and four optical assistants. Robert also has City and Guilds qualification for Diabetic Eye Screening and has worked for many years on the NHS Local Optical Committee, Yorkshire Optical Committee and at Bradford University teaching contact lens fitting to the undergraduates. Carol is also very ‘hands on’ in the lab, glazing and making spectacles.


Richard Sellers, BSc(Hons) MCOptom (Optometrist)

Richard joined the practice in 2005 after completing his Optometry degree at Bradford University and a City and Guilds diploma in Diabetic Eye Screening.  Prior to this he had already completed a degree in Pure Maths and Philosophy at Manchester University, so he’s the big brain of the practice. When he’s not checking eyes at Donovan Smith, he enjoys playing the piano, fitness training and campervan-ing with his dog!

Oliver Sewell, BSc (Hons) MCOptom (Optometrist)

After working at a local opticians on reception whilst still at school, Oliver studied Optometry at Bradford University. Whilst at university he worked as an optical technician learning the art of glazing and repairing spectacles. He holds a City and Guilds diploma for Diabetic Eye Screening and has served both as Secretary and President of the Yorkshire Optical Society.  Once a national dance competitor, he now spends his spare time rock climbing, attending the gym and looking after all the animals his wife brings home!

Molly Foulds, BSc (Hons) (Optometrist)

Molly followed her father's footsteps and joined our team of optometrists after graduating from Bradford University. Her areas of special interest are abnormal eye conditions,contact lenses and children's eyecare. She is keen on fashion and enjoys live music so is always at hand to keep us all up to date!

Helen Jackson (Optical Assistant)

Helen followed her family into the optics industry and has gained lots of experience working for a range of local multiple and independent practices.  Since joining us in 2003, Helen has quickly become our expert in contact lens hygiene and handling tuition and visual field testing, in addition to helping out with dispensing and reception duties.  She’s a keen Halifax Town fan but also enjoys watching her son play football for Northowram Juniors!

Jane Senior (Reception Manager)

Jane joined us in 2013 after working at another independent practice for over twenty years.  She now handles all the NHS contractual and administrative tasks and ensures everyone is greeted with a smile and a friendly welcome.  When not at the practice, she likes to spend time with her husband, two daughters and son plus walking in the Luddenden Valley.